There are a number of outdoor opportunities and activities located in Rock Hill and the surrounding area. Rock Hill is a great place to ride a bike, go hiking or bird watching, and fish or kayak.
Neversink Unique Area
The Neversink River Unique Area, also called the Neversink Gorge, is 4,881 acres of beautiful land. It is a great place for hiking and fishing, but camping is not allowed. There are a number of access points and trails in the Town of Thompson and the Town of Forestburgh. From Rock Hill, you can access the Neversink Unique area from Katrina Falls Road and Wolf Lake Road.
At the Nevesink Unique Area you can fish, hike and bird watch. Please note, some of these access points are more difficult to get to the Neversink River than others. Edwards Road offers an easy on off for fishing and kayaking on the Neversink River. However, Katrina Falls Road and Wolf Lake Road both require more hiking to get to the Neversink River. Visit the trailkeeper.org to learn more about the different access points.
Town of Thompson Park
The Town of Thompson operates a 150-acre park off the Old Liberty Road. Presently it has two pavilions, a community building, a barbeque pit, hiking trails, a swimming pool, one of the newest playgrounds in the areas and rest rooms. A town-run day camp operates during the summer season. Under regulations adopted by the Town Board, the park facilities may be reserved for exclusive use by a group or for use by small groups.
For more information on the park or to rent the park facilities, visit the Town of Thompson website.
Basha Kill Wildlife Management Area
This tranquil wildlife habitat and recreation area is located just south of Wurtsboro, between Route 209 and South Road. We are fortunate to live near the largest wetland in Southeastern New York State as they are vitally important to our environment. The land was purchased by New York State in the early 1970’s and the NYSDEC installed a permanent dam to create habitat for wood ducks and black ducks. The Bashakill is a Bird Conservation Area. The Bashakill Wildlife Management Area contains the Bashakill D&H Canal and O&W trails. For more information about the Basha Kill, visit the Basha Kill Area Association’s website at www.thebashakill.org
Wolf Brook Multiple Use Area
The Wolf Brook Multiple Use Area is 585 acres adjacent to the Neversink Unique Area. Hiking trails are available, and fishing and camping are permitted. The two trails, Wolf Brook Road and Powerline Road, are wide and relatively flat. The Wolf Brook MUA is adjacent to the Neversink Unique Area Trail System. The “Yellow Trail” can be accessed from both the Katrina Falls Rd Access (Neversink Unique Area) and the Wolf Brook MUA. Visit the trailkeeper.org to learn more.
This region includes the 700,000-acre Catskill Park, which crosses into Sullivan, Delaware, Greene, and Ulster Counties. Created in 1904, the park started with just over 90,000 protected acres. It also contains the nearly 300,000-acre Catskill Forest Preserve within its boundaries. Reservoirs located in the Catskill Park help to provide drinking water for New York City. This area has been a popular tourist destination since the early 1900s, particularly in the 1950s and 60s when it was home to many large family resorts.
Upper Delaware River Region
The Delaware River offers endless opportunities for outdoor recreation. This includes fishing, camping, swimming, rafting, kayaking, canoeing, hiking and more. Don’t miss the National Park in Sullivan County–the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River.
The headwaters of the Delaware are in the Catskills, and the East and West Branches meet in Hancock, NY in Delaware County, just north of Sullivan County. Portions of the Upper Delaware in this region are part of the National Wild and Scenic River System. The river is 330 miles long, making it the longest un-dammed river east of the Mississippi, and is fed by more than 216 tributaries. It has extremely high water quality, and more than 15 million people get their drinking water from the river, not to mention the many types of fish and wildlife that call this area home—including bald eagles.
Native American History
The Lenni Lenape tribe made their home in this region along the banks of the Delaware at one time. The Battle of Minisink also occurred here, a significant battle during the Revolutionary War.
Check out the 57-acre Minisink Battleground Park, located in Highland, NY and found on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s open to the public year-round.
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The Shawangunk Ridge itself is 50 miles long, from Port Jervis to Rosendale, with a portion stretching through the center of Sullivan County and the Village of Wurtsboro. Located north of the Basha Kill Wildlife Management Area, it also features the Roosa Gap Forest Preserve and the Wurtsboro Ridge Forest Preserve. The 41-mile Shawangunk Ridge Trail (SRT) starts at High Point State Park in New Jersey. The Shawangunk Ridge is also known for its excellent rock climbing. It is technically part of the Appalachian Mountain Range, and its highest elevation is at 2,289 feet. The Ridge also features a number of ice caves found in Ulster County around Verkeerderkill Falls in the Sam’s Point Preserve. Many of the trails follow old rail beds or carriage roads, though others are more challenging. The ‘Gunks are characterized by striking white cliffs and sharp ridges.
Fallsburg Rails to Trails
Located just down the road from Rock Hill, the Fallsburg Rails to Trails offer nice, easy hiking or biking for all levels. The Fallsburg O&W Rail Trail includes segments from Mountaindale to Woodridge and from Woodridge to the Neversink River. The trail is well-maintained and on level terrain with flowerbeds, a variety of views, and wetlands with excellent areas for bird-watching. Highlights include a Visitor’s Center in Mountaindale with a display of historical railway photographs, artifacts, a new scale train sculpture, rest areas and stretching equipment. Learn more about Rails to Trails >>
Your one-source outlet for hiking trails in Sullivan County. TrailKeeper makes trail hiking safer and more accessible. Explore easy-to-read, easy-to-access online mapping and facilities information and guides to hiking safety. TrailKeeper provides access to trail information that matches hiker to trail. Find the information you need about locations, routes, and facilities for a safe and enjoyable experience. TrailKeeper also connects residents and visitors to information about the shops, lodgings, and other local businesses of Sullivan County. Find news about upcoming events, activities, and attractions in the region to map out a great overall experience. Learn more more >>
Do you love to golf? Then the Town of Thompson and Sullivan County have world-renowned golf course for you! Whether you are an expert or just starting out, get outdoors and enjoy a round of golf on one of our lush greens. The Sullivan Hotel also offers a ‘Play and Stay’ Package. See a complete listing of golf courses >>
Looking for a country home on a lake? Then Rock Hill and the Town of Thompson is the place for you! Rock Hill and the Town of Thompson have a number of lake communities for every type of person, such as Wanaksink Lake, Wolf Lake, Emerald Green Lake Community, Lake Lousie Marie and the Swinging Bridge Reservoir, plus a number of smaller lake communities. Visit our Business Directory to learn more about each community or to find a realtor to assist you.
Rock Hill Playground
In 2014, The Rock Hill Business and Community Association and the Rock Hill Fire Department worked to create a playground for the community.
This effort was supported through Sullivan Renaissance, volunteers and years of fundraising. As a result, the Rock Hill community now has a playground for families and friends to enjoy. We are always looking for donations and volunteers to help maintain the playground. The playground offers swing sets and a variety of other playground equipment for kids. The playground is open from dusk to dawn for Rock Hill Fire District residents.